What’s Your Relationship With Food Look Like?

Year after year, I hear people set a goal to lose weight, but I rarely hear people set their goal to change their mindset about eating. Myself included.  

What?! YES. That’s right. We don’t usually think of weight loss this way, but we do think about changing our mindset when it comes to working out – and that’s great!

But we’re not giving food and the relationship we have with food much thought at all. And we really should be especially nowadays when the number two reason people bully others is their weight.

Years ago, my sisters had a roommate who viewed food as a necessary fuel. He didn’t care much about the aesthetic or taste (well, to a certain degree).

But, what fascinated me about his relationship with food was that it was a tool rather than an enjoyment or something to look forward to celebrating with holidays, parties or celebrations. Continue reading “What’s Your Relationship With Food Look Like?”

Is Your Story Worth Sharing?

Sometimes we go through life not realizing that we have amazing stories that can help others.

That was me. I was recently reminded that my story matters. This happend when I was speaking to Ange Wilcock regarding amazing women and what they’ve done. 

Ange had been seeking out women to tell their stories and I responded not expecting my story to catch her attention. But, it did.

So, she invited me to be a guest on her podcast and vióola! The result is a 30 minute conversation about growing up in a rough environment, enlisting in the military and dealing with post-military life facing serious challenges.

One of those challenges allowed me to discover what I truly want to do for the rest of my life. 

I’ve been working since I was 14 (althought I had a chocolate sales job at the age of 10). And throughout all those years, I believed that if I went to college and worked hard, I’d have a great career and a meaningful life. Continue reading “Is Your Story Worth Sharing?”

The Value Of A Life

Have you ever wondered why things happen? I used to ask myself that question a lot when I was little and into my teens. Every time not so good things happened, the more I’d question WHY?

I hadn’t asked myself that question for a very long time until recently due to a very unexpected event. More on that later.

Here’s something you might not know about me. I’ve been called an “anti-pet” person, but a pro-animals. What I mean by that is that I love animals, but I’ve never really wanted the responsibility of caring for one because I’ve seen it as a huge responsibility.

However, I’ve always cared about pets and as a way to help indirectly, I’ve always donated things and money to organizations that help pets.

I think I formed this mentality about pet responsibility when I was very little. I was probably about 5 or 6 years old and still living in Nicaragua. I had a doggy name Dunky. Continue reading “The Value Of A Life”

A Bracero’s Grandson You Should Know

Alan Malagon was 13 years old when he first visited family members in the US. His visit lasted three weeks with his uncles in Yucaipa, California, where they lived and worked.

His mother, a U.S. citizen who has lived most of her life between Mexico and the U.S already had her eldest child, Wendy living in the U.S. as well as other family members. However, the first of Alan’s family members to have lived and worked in the U.S. was his grandfather, Antonio Malagon.

His grandfather who was born in 1939, came to the U.S. at the age of 20 as a Bracero. The Bracero program allowed for thousands of immigrants to enter the country for field work due to the shortage of labor caused by the U.S.’s participation in World War II.

He worked in various states such as Texas, Washington state, California and just about anywhere from the West Coast to Texas that would offer him a job.

Eventually, Antonio was able to apply for permanent residency and later became a citizen with the help of his employer. During one of his many trips back and forth from the U.S. to Mexico, Antonio met a girl named Maria.

He courted her for a while and eventually they married. They started a family and as the family grew, he continued to travel back and forth to the U.S. for work. Continue reading “A Bracero’s Grandson You Should Know”